Author’s Log: Take A Break (#amwriting, #ROW80)

I haven’t been sleeping again.

Rather, I’ve been sleeping…kinda. I drop off into dreamland, and then I’m awake out of nowhere, wide awake and blinking blearily at a dark ceiling.

Well, crap.

I go through weird phases with my sleep cycles. Always have, probably always will as long as I have a day job to go to. My body seems to want to be up late into the wee hours, while my brain is wresting the Sandman’s sack from his cold, dry hands and pounding myself over the head with it in a desperate attempt to fall back asleep before I have to be, yanno, up.

What it seems to come down to is that I need to learn to relax. For someone without kids it feels like I’m still on the go-go-go.

Day job. Get the daily words in. Cover Art. Research. Marketing. Planning.

And, finding myself inspired by Hamilton, I’ve been trolling the call boards for auditions and workshops in community and regional theatre. Because while I’ve always missed being on stage, now I find myself needing to be on stage again.

It’s been close to twenty years, ya’ll. I don’t have the shape, let alone the time.  And, clearly, not the energy either.

I have a horrible time with over-commitment. I know this, and yet I keep on torturing myself with All The Things and More.

I need to slow down, folks. Smell the roses, preferably without sticking myself on a thorn. I can still get a novella out each month and keep my readers on a steady diet of my writing without breaking my neck. I know this.

So then why do I keep breaking my neck?

Imma stop breaking my neck, y’all. Because SERIOUSLY. o.O


*falls over*

And Now, For Something Completely Different:


RELIANCE, the first book in my new Sci-Fi Western series, is about halfway done. So far I’m really pleased with the way it’s turning out. I like the characters, I like the way the story is progressing. I am pleased. 🙂

I really REALLY like the way my cover proof turned out, though I’m still having trouble getting the typography the way I want and still be legible. Overall, though, I’d say it’s probably the best cover I’ve done so far. IT’S SO PRETTY.

*morphs into Animal*




1. Complete and Release RELIANCE 1: Drafting.

I gotta say–there’s something magical about Sci-Fi Westerns (Firefly, anyone?). And though my dialogue isn’t quite as quippy (because who can complete with Joss Whedon?), but it’s really coming together. I’ve made a couple of adjustments of the Duh-why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-before variety, but that’s not unusual for one of my first drafts.

I love it when a plan comes together. 😀

2. Complete and Release KEEPERS 5: In Pre-Production.

Drafting is scheduled for May.

3. Complete and Release SWEET HOME 2: Deferred.

When production is complete on Keepers 5 I’ll turn my attention to this one.




That’s it for me–how’s your round/week going so far?


8 thoughts on “Author’s Log: Take A Break (#amwriting, #ROW80)

  1. L.S. Engler says:

    Oh, man, as I was reading this, I couldn’t help thinking, “Is this me?” Not so much the sleep part; I’ve gotten myself into a sleep routine that’s pretty on-the-spot, bed-by-this-time, awake-by-this-time-right-before-the-alarm-goes-off, even when I try to break OUT of that routine, but the whole constantly go-go-go, getting yourself wrapped up into a lot of things at once yet feeling like you’re spiraling out of control with those things…that hits pretty familiar territory.

    Then I read your goal update, and notice how pleased you are with your progress and how excited you are, and how it’s there, and it makes me realize that, while people like us seem to surround ourselves in chaos, it’s a good chaos, and amazing things come out of that chaos, too. It reminds me that when I start to feel like I’m losing it, I’ve been plowing through my own WIP as you have been yours, and it’s really good stuff, too.

    So keep up the good work! And best of luck with the sleep situation.

    1. Cate Morgan says:

      OMG all the THIS. As authors we’re expected to be All The Things whether we’re trad or indie published. Not just writers but marketers and publicity masters and social media and all the Whut.

      Breathe, Writer Monkey, breathe! *hyperventilates*

  2. ReGi McClain says:

    Aaah, the sleep thing. I know that one WAY TOO WELL. One of my friends knows it even better than me. There’s a theory some of us are on a 36 hour clock instead of a 24 hour clock and that’s part of it. Other theories go with the whole village thing. Some of us are supposed to be the night guards. (I love the way you describe it.)

    Whee quippiness! Congratulations on being halfway done. 🙂

  3. K. L. Schwengel says:

    I’m just going to stare at the gif of Jensen for a while. Okay?

    Huh? Oh. Ah… sleeping. Yes, sleep. Good. I go through cycles like that. Just when I seem to break out of one, something disrupts it. And that dang dayjob is always calling. Grrrrr What I found helps the falling asleep part is lying on my back and doing deep breathing exercises. The staying asleep part… sorry, I have no cure for that. 😦

    1. Cate Morgan says:

      Heh. Part of me thinks I’d be fine if only I didn’t have a day job. But then the other (honest) part of me knows danged well I’d lose all sense of self discipline if I didn’t have somewhere to go every day. 🙂

  4. Chris Loehmer Kincaid says:

    Looks like we aren’t the only ones with irregular sleep patterns. I usually go three or four nights with little sleep and then manage to get a full eight hours – ok, no, not really. I will finally succumb to eight hours in bed and though sleep does come, I can’t remember the last time I slept through the night without waking up once or twice, at least. I tell myself that I will sleep when I am old, when they put me in the home and when I have all my stuff done. Right?

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